Category: AFA

Esper emphasizes need for military to ‘adapt’ to confront new threats, resurgent ‘great power competition’

The blueprint for success, he said, is the National Defense Strategy, a comprehensive document assembled by former Defense Secretary James Mattis that reshapes the military to address new threats from near-peer competitors while also continuing to prosecute the war on terror and ensuring national security.
Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper delivers a speech during the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 18, 2019. The ASC Conference is a professional development seminar that offers the opportunity for Department of Defense personnel to participate in forums, speeches and workshops. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

AFGSC commander speaks on competitive edge, long-term strategic competition

Starting with the shift in our nation’s defensive posture as a result of the 2018 National Defense Strategy, Gen. Timothy Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, highlighted the reemergence of long-term strategic competition and great power competition. Key to this discussion is the role the Air Force plays and the capabilities that tie into the competitive edge.
Gen. Tim Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander, discusses “Global Strike – The Critical Competitive Edge” during the Air Force Association Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 17, 2019. From engaging speakers and panels focused on airpower, space, and cyber developments, to the technology exposition featuring the latest technology, equipment, and solutions for tomorrow’s problems, the conference has something for everyone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeremy L. Mosier)

Acting SecAF Donovan highlights progress in achieving ‘Air Force We Need’ in speech at Air Space Cyber Conference

The Air Force, Donovan said, is making progress even as it copes with new threats and shifting geopolitics. The Air Force is “digging out of the readiness hole” while also embracing the creation of the Space Force as a new and separate branch of the U.S. military.
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Acting SecAF Donovan announces B-21 manufacturing, testing locations

While speaking at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference, Donovan remarked on the Air Force’s B-21 program noting, “the development of the B-21 Raider is on schedule and the first test aircraft is under production at the same production facility in Palmdale, California, as its predecessor, the B-2. The first flight of the Raider will take it from Palmdale to Edwards AFB, where the legacy of excellence will continue with the reactivation of the 420th Flight Test Squadron.”
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